Primátor Double Bock Beer - Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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1.7/5 rDev -51.7%
Pours a typical dark brown with a half inch head that disappears quickly. There isn't much of a smell except for a subtle sweet nuttiness.
Taste is extremely sweet and slightly bitter. I honestly cringed a little after the first sip. This is the definition of a under brewed beer.
This has the potential to be a good beer. unfortunately this isn't one of my favorites. Dumped the rest of the bottle.
02-13-2011 18:15:03 | More by RedBeerHead
2.03/5 rDev -42.3%
I got a bottle of Primátor Double Bock Beer last week for $2.99 at The Lager Mill. I been on a Doppelbock kick lately so I thought I would continue the journey with this baby and see how it stack up to the others I have tried. It had no visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a imperial pint glass.
A- The label is pretty plain and is a different color then the picture shown, it doesn't look horrible, just plain. It poured a deep dark brown color with some ruby highlights. It had two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a nice layer that stayed the rest of the time.
S- Damn this beer smells like some shitty earthquake malt liquor I bought a while back, man that shit was horrible so it is kind of off putting that it smells the same. The aroma is basically candied sugar, molasses, and booze. Theres a little bit of dark fruits in their but they are mainly masked by the booze aroma.
T- This has to be one of the sweetest beers I have ever tasted. It is so sweet it almost reminds of some southern ice tea from McDonalds, just for too much sweetness for any beer to have. The dark dried fruits are more prominent in the flavor with raisins sticking out the most, but just like in the aroma the flavor is mainly dominated by candied sugar and booze. The taste reminds me of a dessert sherry, not my kind of thing.
M- Full bodied and syrupy with good carbonation.
Overall I was not a fan of this beer. It was just a sweet, syrupy, malty mess. The booze wasn't as harsh as the aroma led me to believe but it was still fairly noticeable and got worse the more it warmed up. If it wasn't for my brother helping me out I may have been hard pressed to finish the bottle and may have encountered my first drain pour, but luckily backup was available. It drank very similar to earthquake malt liquor and thats not a good thing. I won't be drinking this again, for sure the worst doppelbock to date. If you don't like super sweet beers then don't pick this up because it is sweet as hell. A bad first impression for Pivovar Náchod a.s., I hope all their beers aren't this bad.
04-17-2011 04:16:18 | More by StoutHunter
2.13/5 rDev -39.5%
Poured from a 500mL. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.
A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger tan-colored head that quickly dissipates in seconds to a minute dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a deep dark brown with traces of amber crimson when held to light. Very little lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.
The nose can be summed up as dark, roasted malts and booze. The malt gives notes of caramel, burnt nuts, and roasted coffee beans. The booze gives notes of cough syrup and soy sauce. Together, these components create a very rich, complex, and slightly off-putting nose.
Like the nose, each sip starts dark and sweet with notes of caramel, molasses, and cough syrup alcohol. As the beer is swallowed, dark fruit and brown sugar flavors come out. An overlying sweetness is present during all stages of the tasting.
Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is the epitome of the word "sipper." The body is thick and coating with a sticky syrup-like quality. The carbonation is only barely noticeable. Even just a little more carbonation would help this beer's drinkability considerably.
02-21-2012 06:52:00 | More by output01x
2.15/5 rDev -38.9%
Dark appearance, with some ruby red reflexes. Brownish decent head.
At the smell a lot of burned and roasted caramel. Roasted and burned notes. Maybe ripe red fruti, and ligtht cocoa notes.
The taste is quite different, and peculiar. There is obviously again malt and caramel, but no more burned; it is more sweet, something like vanilled sugar, and some candy. Too sweet. No alcohol noticeable, but it is too sweet.
04-20-2006 18:55:40 | More by stcules
2.28/5 rDev -35.2%
Appearance: Dispensed a dusky dark brown body beneath a frothy-looking, beige head.
Smell: Decidedly sweet-scented aroma, with notes of roasted malts, cocoa sifted with powdered sugar, grapes coated in sugar, and dark caramel syrup. I think I can see where they're going with this.
Taste: Sugary, toothsome sweetness leaving me thinking this is just going to be too much. Tastes of cocoa, light roast, and plum juice are buried under a metric ton of pure table sugar. Not a single hint of hops manage to emerge from the syrup. A bit of tongue-numbing alcohol, or maybe that's just the diabetes kicking in. Syrupy, sweet finish. It was too much.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Particularly sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A triumph in underattenuation. Overtly, even painfully sweet which, when combined with the near-gooey mouthfeel, overstays its welcome FAST. Water, please!
08-11-2010 15:35:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.45/5 rDev -30.4%
A. A slow, steady pour yielded a finger and a half of bubbly head. Body is a dark translucent reddish brown, like a dark mahogany. A curtain of bubbles can be seen slowly climbing their way to the top when this beer is held up to the light.
S. The aroma is sweet, like dark fruits soaked in pancake syrup, the fake stuff, not the maple. You know what I mean. I also get whiffs of malt and booze. Candy sugar also present, as well as a slight nuttiness when it warms up a bit.
T. Whoa. Sweet, syrupy malt up front. Then it whips into what tastes like the liquid interpretation of a nut and dark fruit salad that has been covered in sugar and caramelized.
M. Medium to heavy bodied. Coats the mouth well, doesn't dry. Kind of relies on the carbonation to keep her going though.
O. Way. Too. Sweet. If it was thicker you could pour it on your pancakes and have an alcoholic syrup.
06-26-2011 04:09:19 | More by CFHMagnet
2.48/5 rDev -29.5%
500ml bottle, unknown date.
Pours medium brown, opaque in the glass with a two finger tan head, leaves a ring and island, a few spots of lacing.
Aroma is of medium strength and features a lot of dark fruit, malt, caramel, alcohol, a bit of oxidation, pretty fruity and malty overall.
Big flavor of sweet malt and dark fruits, fair bit of alcohol, but not as much as I expected. Very, very sweet overall, becomes cloying. Pretty one-dimensional.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.
In my limited experience with Doppelbocks, I've found I really don't care for the cloyingly sweet versions such as this and Sam Adams. Going to be following up this one with a Spaten Optimator, hopefully it is more in the vein of Celebrator, which I really enjoyed.
This one is just way too cloyingly sweet...had to pour the last third down the drain.
07-17-2010 04:50:52 | More by elgiacomo
2.53/5 rDev -28.1%
A rough pour reveals a two finger tan head topping a semi-translucent cola colored brew. Where light shines through there are deep red flashes. Carbonation looks medium and no sediment is observed. The head retains decently, never really disappearing fully. As it dies down it leaves thick lacing. The aroma is sweet, and full of roasty malts, buttery diacetyls, burnt caramel, hints of dark cherries, and booze. The taste is shocking right from the start. The first thing you get is monstrously cloying sweetness. The dark malts from the nose and some roasted coffee are present as well, but they are significantly masked. The middle continues in this vein, with booze and diabetes-inducing levels of brown sugar. The finish is more of the same, with a heavy alcohol component. The coffee actually becomes a bit more apparent, as the alcohol cuts some of the sugar, allowing for some other flavors to peek up for air. The aftertaste is a mush of brown sugar, some malts, and booze. The body of this brew is full, and the carbonation is medium. As you sip there is a huge syrupy feel to it. This makes it a bit slick feeling, and it glides down the throat easily. The mouth is actually left on the drier side, as the finish is a bit astringent. The abv is nice and high, but due to the sweetness, this beer takes a while to drink.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. There is a nice buttery richness to the nose, with most notes expected in a doppelbock. It actually really gears the drinker up to taste the beer. Here, however, is where the problems begin. The taste is comparable to an extra sugary vodka and coke. The overuse of these elements makes it hard for other, more desirable flavors to come out and, unfortunately, make this a hard beer to get down after a while.
12-31-2010 21:01:01 | More by TheBrewo
2.55/5 rDev -27.6%
Poured 500 from a 500 ml bottle, with a tan head that has average retention.
Aroma is malty and sweet with a lot of molasses.
Taste: OMG this is SWEET!!! This is more of an after dinner cordial than beer. Hey, I am rating beer and this does not taste like beer. The high (10.5%)alcohol, is definitley noticable and whatever else is there is just dominated by the sweetness. Give me a 4-6 oz. serving of this as an after dinner cordial but as a beer this just does not do it for me.
I did not finish the whole thing and pawned it off to my wife and neighbor as an after dinner cordial. They both thought that that was exactly what it was.
06-09-2010 00:54:10 | More by jadpsu
2.55/5 rDev -27.6%
Primator 16.9oz bottle into personalized "K" snifter. No freshness date indicated.
Pours a dark ruby red with lighter hues around the edges. "Had" a very thin dark tan head that immediately disappeared, quote "Had".
Smells of sugar, alcohol soaked prunes and figs, and traditional special dark malt. No hops to speak of.
Tastes really really really sweet! UGH! This beer is beyond cloying. It started with a traditional dopple malt presence, and almost instantly turned into this gigantic sugary sweet beast with no let down. This is one hell of a sickeningly sweet brew!
Mouthfeel is extremely thick and syrupy, typical of the style in heavier dopplebocks.
Overall this is one incredibly sweet beer, not something I'm a fan of at all. I honestly cant imagine pairing this with anything other than heavy chocolate dishes to combat the sickeningly sweet taste and aroma. Not recommended, but if your on a budget ($3.49) and looking for something high in abv, and you don't mind liquid sugar than you should grab one. If not then dont bother, there are plenty of other perfect examples of the style elsewhere. Cheers!
12-21-2010 05:14:04 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
2.58/5 rDev -26.7%
picked this one, as I had a craving for a bock and hadn't tried it.
the appearance is a barely transparent reddish brown, with a fizzy tan head that sits like soap suds.
the aroma is untamed, crashing alcohol nose, big fruity aspects like grape, pear...very sweet smell.
the flavor is sickeningly sweet, a cascade of fruity qualities, but wild and twisted. the sweetness is only tempered by the warmth of the alcohol, which is poorly masked. this is flavored like a port wine with carbonation. finishes like strawberry syrup. and a bit of over-sugared malt.
the feel is very slightly carbonated, syrupy and sticky as bubblegum.
this is a tough swallow. the sweetness...I could theoretically handle. I have handled it with some bocks, most notably samichlaus. but this just sticks to the tongue, and is really overdone. too much fruit syrup flavor, not enough malt.
10-03-2009 01:26:09 | More by cnally
2.6/5 rDev -26.1%
Found this bottle at Heinen's in Hudson last weekend.
I hadn't really looked closely at the bottle before now, it was merely a cheap doppelbock that I had not tried before.
10.5%? Holy cow, not exactly what I wanted this late at night. It's open now... Bavarian AND Mavarian malts? Where have these mystical Mavarian malts been all my life? Lol...
Dense looking, fairly opaque due to the dark color, though it has a certain small amount of clarity visible. A cherry and deep toasted oak color with a head of a couple fingers. Some droopy lace but nothing very substantial. Decent head retention over time.
Smells very sweet, lots of dark candied fruits. Raisins and dates are dominant.
Wow before I could taste anything else I noticed how boozy this was! Very heavy alcohol burn and sweet esters. This is possibly the sweetest doppelbock I have yet tasted as well as being the most boozy. Neither are benefiting this beer for me. The malts are very caramel like, but the residual sugars overpower the beer with fruit and caramelized brown sugar flavors. Very "meh" to be frank.
Hot hot hot! Primator is boozy through and through. Otherwise, it is soft and creamy on the palate.
Overall this is nothing I was too thrilled with, I am glad it was fairly cheap. Definitely not worth paying for a second time.
04-27-2011 06:50:40 | More by Spider889
2.65/5 rDev -24.7%
pours black-brown with no head and a bit of lacing
smell is just pure sugar and booze
taste is ok actually, only really sweet - lots of brown sugar, corn syrup, a slight bit of cocoa and dried fruit at the end.
feel is sticky
overall this is not a very impressive beer - overly sweet, not very drinkable
03-29-2011 03:49:14 | More by benclimbs
2.78/5 rDev -21%
Picked up a 500 ml for 2.49- not a bad deal. Poured in to NB globe.
A: pours deep and dark with some ruby highlights. The head is tan and foamy with good retention.
S: smells very sweet... lots of dark fruit, brown sugar, honey, and molasses. Not picking up on and of the roasted notes that the label suggest.
T: just like the nose, the taste is very sweet i n the vain of Bells Batch 9k or FFF Darklord. The difference here is that there is no balance and the sweet flavors become cloying. The finish is artificially sweet. Tastes like perhaps this one is under attenuated.
MF: the body is thin for such a big beer. There is no thickness to hold up the big flavors.
D: well its a good value, but the beer just isn't that great. It is way too sweet. All 10.5% of ABV makes itself known.
09-01-2010 01:40:02 | More by homebrew311
2.78/5 rDev -21%
So I thought this was a legitimate German doppelbock when I bought it, and only just found out --halfway through --that it’s basically Czech jet fuel. Pours dark mahogany with a large but fizzy brown head. Aroma is rubbery with lots of sweet boozy bready notes. Flavor is extremely sweet, homemade caramel, rich toffee, and alcohol. Lacks the roundness and drinkability of the real deal German stuff. Like a malt liquor doppelbock.
01-10-2012 08:19:31 | More by illidurit
2.8/5 rDev -20.5%
Poured into a glass as a tasting, this brew has a cola color and a light color head. The aroma was very sweet and brown sugar and spicy notes present. The taste had brown sugar, caramel and clove but was over poweringly sweet. This was syrupy and heavy bodied. Not the greatest brew and drinking a full bottle would be tuff.
04-17-2010 21:19:19 | More by WJVII
2.91/5 rDev -17.3%
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Strong aroma of malt
Head average (3 cm), fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Body deep garnet, clear
Flavor very strong malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl, quite sweet but with a slightly bitter and alcoholic aftertaste
Palate full, creamy, carbonation lively
Meh – IMHO barely drinkable, certainly nothing to recommend it except cost/ABV. The Czechs should stick to lagers and pils.
03-13-2014 11:52:19 | More by Ozzylizard
2.93/5 rDev -16.8%
pours a dark brown with a red tint when held to the light, a very small beige head that dissipates rapidly, and not much lacing.
smell is of sour malt, cocoa, and some roasted nuts.
taste has an above average carbonation, tangy, alcohol prevalent, malt, caramel, a roastiness, and a sour aftertaste, ends strong, and some sourness.
06-27-2010 15:39:32 | More by froghop
2.93/5 rDev -16.8%
A - medium amount of red around the edges. Off white very tall head that took a while to go down.
S - sweet and somewhat fruity.
T - extremely sweet. No bitterness. Mild alcohol flavor. Did I mention extremely sweet. Actually overly sweet, dessert like.
M - no notable coating or tingle. Mild alcohol tingle in throat.
D - one, max. It is good but so sweet I would not be able to handle not than one, and even then only when in the mood for sugar.
05-05-2010 00:14:32 | More by biglite351
Primátor Double Bock Beer from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
80 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.